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Extent of ongoing abuse in nursing homes revealed

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I accepted a deputy nurse manager post in a nursing home which had three call bells for 30 residents; residents were being washed in cold water; residents were left in soiled incontinece pads all day and the nurses practice was extremely poor. Within a few months, standards were greatly improved and the home was developing a good reputation. However, I was dismissed as the carers did not like receiving criticism of their often substandard and potentially damaging "care". I was horrified to discover that one of the carers had been present when a resident was sexually assaulted and was still employed by the home. Unless there is a stringent and clear support network in place, I fear incidents of abuse will increase. Nurses in particular need support in this particularly challenging specialism. Personally I will never enter one again.

Posted date

27 January, 2017

Posted time

5:40 pm

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